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Current SURF Projects

Overview of the SURF Program:

With the guidance of their Faculty Mentors, students will work on research projects in a wide range of areas, including the social sciences, the natural sciences, and arts and humanities. 

Once their research is complete, students will participate in Research Poster Presentation Day, where they will present their findings to other students, faculty, staff and guests of UNH.

Weekly Seminars will be held throughout the summer to provide students with even more opportunities to learn and grow through networking, sharing their experiences, and learning about their colleagues' areas of interest.  Guest speakers will also attend the seminars to discuss their own research and professional accomplishments.  These activities will offer students a unique, educational and professional experience that will help them attain their academic and professional goals in the future.   



(Refer to this page to stay up to date on the most current information about events, workshops, and deadlines.)

- The SURF 2015 Research Day: Poster Presentation Session will take place on September 17th. 
        - (The scheduled time is tentatively from 2:30 - 4:30 PM. The location is to be determined.) 

 - Beginning in 2015, participation in the SURF Program will be indicated on students' Academic Transcripts as a non-credit course.


Weekly Seminars

Wednesdays in Buckman Hall, 120
Times will vary, but we will typically meet between 11:30 AM - 1:30 or 2:30 PM
*Please keep in mind that dates and times may change, but all SURF students and Faculty Mentors will be notified in advance.

June 3rd

11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

- Carol Withers, Janice Sanderson & Erica Dafilis
Experiential Education at UNH; SURF as a pillar of EE
- Thad Henry, Special Executive Assistant to the President 
Maximizing your SURF Experience
- Dr. Chris Haynes, Political Science
- Getting Acquainted: Ice Breaker Activities
- Presentation: SURF 2015
- Links: Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)


June 10th

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Research Design
- What are the questions you are attempting to answer?  What tools will you use?  How will you know if you have answered those questions?
- Dr. Dequan Xiao, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
- Dr. Mary Isbell, English
- Dr. Nikodem Poplawski, Physics and Math
- Student group discussions facilitated by faculty mentors
Prep Activity:
Complete a copy of the Research Design Questionnaire form and bring it with you to the weekly seminar.
- Presentation: Research Design
- Handouts:
        - Distinguishing Qualitative Research from Other Forms of Empirical Research
Research Methods Definitions


June 17th 

11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Transfer
- Presenter: Ben Muskin, Technology Transfer Consultant and Advisor for UNH
Presenter:  Hanko Dobi, University Librarian
Responsible Conduct in Research
 - Presenters: 
        - Dr. Summer McGee, Management

        - Dr. Alexandria Guzman (IRB), Psychology
Dr. John Kelly (IACUC), Biology
- Case studies and small group discussions with presenters and faculty mentors facilitating. 
- Share conclusions with larger group.
Prep Activity:

- Complete the on-line CITI RCR tutorial prior to this session.
- Link to CITI Training
- Click here for Instructions
- Presentations:
        - IRB
        - Responsible Conduct in Research Compilation  
- Handouts:
- Guidebook: Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals 
  - Guidebook: Institutional Animal Care and Use  Committee Guidebook

June 24th

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Building on your SURF experience
Career Development - Dina Wulinsky
- Resumes – how to frame your SURF experience
SURF Alums
- The benefits and impact of SURF
Scholarships and Fellowships - Carol Withers
- Fellowship Web Site & Other External Opportunities
Provost’s Discretionary Funds for Conference Travel
Mid-point reflection – How are we doing?
- Small group activity focusing on resumes, with facilitation by Career Development and Faculty Mentors 
Prep Activity:

- Bring a paper copy of your resume for review

- Presentations:
- Resume Writing
Building on Your SURF Experience

July 8th

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Posters & Papers
- Presenter: Dr. Pauline Schwartz, Professor, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
- Including a discussion of how to prepare your posters for the Research Poster Day in September and the preliminary information about final paper preparation. 
LaTeX Overview & Demo
- Presenter: Dr. Joseph Kolibal, Professor & Chair Department of Mathematics and Physics
Lib Guide on Research Paper
- Presenter: Diane Spinato, Senior Information Literacy Librariary
- Overview of resources available at the library; What is information literacy?
Acknowledgments & Thank You Letters
- Paula Mortali, Director of Donor Stewardship
Final Paper Formatting Guidelines
- Erica Dafilis, Assistant Coordinator of Special Programs
Prep Activity:
- Bring a draft (paper copy) of your abstract and research methodology sections for small group peer review.
- Make sure to print out 3 copies of each. 
- Article: Poster Perfect: How to drive home your science with a visually pleasing poster. 
- Presentation: Research Posters: Research Posters (6 Slides to a page)Research Posters (1 Slide to a page) 
- Final Paper Formatting Guidelines:  
  - Presentation
        - Guide/Handout: Guide, Sapmle Paper (provided by Dr. Joseph Kolibal), Links to additional external resources 
- Lib Guide created specifically for the SURF program 


July 15th 

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 

Agenda: Branding your Research
Presenter: John Fitzpatrick
Prep activity:
- Bring a draft of your resume to the session.
- If you have not already done so, we strongly recommend that you bring an updated version of your resume that includes elements from Dina Wulinsky’s talk on resumes and how to frame your SURF experience. (This talk was from the June 24th Seminar.)
- Presentation: Elevator Pitches (Branding your Research)


July 22nd

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 

- Writing Conventions in your Discipline: Presenting your research findings in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines.
-  Zotero demo/overview
- Peer review & revisions of Abstract and other sections of your paper as noted in the Prep Activity below.
Presenter & Session Facilitator:
- Dr. Mary Isbell, English
Prep Activity:
- Bring in a draft of your abstract & introduction.
- Annotate at least two secondary sources for your paper (you might annotate by inserting comments into a pdf, printing the document out and writing in the margin, or taking notes referencing page the numbers in another document)
- Construct a couple of draft sentences that you might use to introduce these sources in your paper (the way you do this will vary depending on your discipline and this is something we will discuss).


July 29th & August 5th 

11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Agenda: Final Presentations
- Presentation Schedule
- Research Poster Template 
        - Please keep the size at 2 x 3, however if you need more room you can go up to 3 x 4.
        - Please have your posters ready to be printed by Tuesday, September 8th
        - Posters should be emailed in PDF format.